Koku Anyidoho writes: The Atta-Mills Institute Has Come To Stay!!!


In His time, in His time,

He makes all things beautiful

In His time

Lord please show me everyday

As you’re teaching me your way

That you do just what you say

In your time”

The soul-inspiring lyrics of the above song has not stopped reverberating deep inside my marrow since the day the Lord made things beautiful in His own good time and allowed me to lead my solid Team to lay the Foundation Stone for the Atta-Mills Institute (AMI), at our Maiden Seminar two weeks ago.

Indeed, God does make things beautiful in His own time and so seven years after his passing-on to eternal rest and celestial glory, the soul of the late President John Evans Atta-Mills must be resting in greater peace at the footstool of the Almighty Creator, after the establishment of the AMI to fly high his legacy and properly honour his flowery memory.

There could not have been a more auspicious day than, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, which was the day on which the Foundation Stone of the AMI was firmly anchored to our human existence at the plush Auditorium of the Ghana Academy for Arts and Sciences (GAAS). The atmosphere in the Auditorium of the GAAS was stupendously electrifyingly magnetic and befitted the status of the man in whose honour the Event was being held.

For the records, it was the late President Atta-Mills who upon assumption of office as President, gave the GAAS its new and imposing Auditorium and Headquarters Complex.

The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was setup in 1959 to be Ghana’s foremost centre for Learning by Ghana’s Founding President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and it is not surprising that John Evans Atta-Mills, a product of the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, is the one who uplifted the image of the GAAS.

Time without number, the late President and I, would have endless conversations bordering on life after his Presidency, and I kept telling him that I would leave with him after his eight year tenure (that was my human line of thought) and help him run his Foundation/Institute in order to keep his legacy flying high.

I used to say to the late President “… sir, I will go with you just like Frank Agyekum has gone with President Kufuor so I can continue to serve you for as long as it will be possible …”; he would always respond “… are you sure you want to tie your political life to mine…?”.

After the late President passed-on, it dawned on me that he must have known something I did not know hence his constant question of why I wanted to tie my political life to his.

If the late President had lived to see-through his eight years as Leader of the Republic of Ghana, his tenure would have ended on, January 07, 2017.

Were he still wearing his earthly gown of dust and clay, the late President would have done exactly two and a half years in retirement – and gallantly gliding into a third year.


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